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Premeditated Myrtle: Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lively Victorian mystery with girl detective and governess.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beautifully written, funny, educational, captivating, wonderful characters, wonderful cat, beautiful setting, and most important of all, especially in that time period, girl power!

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This is a lively romp with appealing characters, melodramatic situations, and many perils. A Victorian 12-year-old's fascination with Sherlock Holmes and "penny dreadfuls" (sensational stories sold for a penny) serves her well in as she discovers a murder right next door. Myrtle is quick to jump to conclusions, but her wise and beloved governess, Miss Judson, is there to keep her on the right path, and more than once she discovers that things, and people, are not at all what they she first thought. It's especially fun having the young detective herself narrate Premeditated Myrtle and address the reader directly:

"Dear Reader, surely I need not enumerate the dangers posed by my present course of action; they are drilled into every girl from the cradle, by every possible means. I knew all about Spring-Heel'd Jack, the fied who stalked the pages of the penny dreadfuls. Not to mention Jack the Ripper, the fiend who'd stalked the real-life streets of London only a few years ago. There were body snatchers and burkers, press gangs waiting to drug the unsuspecting and ship them off to sea, and all manner of Deviants,ready to Defile the Innocent.I was not certain what that last meant, precisely, except that it was practically guaranteed to occur the instant the Young Lady of Quality touched her bootheel to the moonlit earth."

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